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    Default Programming an 5600SXT for maximum effenciency

    Hello all,

    I recently purcased and installed a softener system from OhioPureWaterCompany. There were zero problems with the order and it shipped the next business day.

    What I have;

    SKU: SKU7221
    Product: Fleck 5600SXT Electronic 3/4 Inch Meter On Demand Control Valve Water Softener 64000 Grain Capacity with Vortech Technology
    Qty: 1
    Selected options:
    Fleck Valve Connection: 3/4 Inch Stainless Bypass Valve
    Tank Color Option: Almond
    Brine Tank Size: 18x33 Round Brine Tank
    Softening Resin (2.0 cuft): SST60 Resin


    12x52 Vortech resin tank
    2.0 cubic feet of resin
    13 gpm service flow rate
    3 gpm backwash flow rate


    Yes I specifically bought the Vortech tank and SST60 resin.


    As per http://www.qualitywaterassociates.com/sizing.php
    I currently have two people in the house (me and wife) with a compensated hardness of 40 gpg. Using the above linked tool, I get;

    Based on the information you entered, 4800 is your Daily Grains of Capacity needed. 38400 is the Total Grains of Capacity you need for approximately once per week regeneration with a 24 hr reserve. 2 is the minimum cubic foot size of softener required for your capacity needs.

    So far so good. My Iron is less than 2 ppm. I want to reprogram my system to achieve a good salt efficiency without major drawbacks. The 6 Pounds of salt Per Cubic Foot of Resin seems to be good.
    I have read through the 5600SXT manual, how do I program it to achieve this setting? I understand that it will electronically be set as a 40,000 grain system.

    Sorry, question two.
    I have cut the brine well tube to be 9 inches above the top of the slotted air check. As per instructions provided by OPWC, I have the refill time set to 12 minutes (14 minutes for regular resin). My concern is that the float cuts off the refill water coming in with 4-5 minutes left. Is this an issue? Is this because I have great water pressure (never tested but can tell it is strong)?

    I am thinking about adding a sediment and charcoal filter to this system. Will post about this some other time.

    *edit* Using the meter built into the 5600SXT, I have a peak flow of 9.1 gpm using the bathtub in the master bedroom (opposite end of house) (hot and cold) on full blast.


    *edit 2*

    Ok, after more reading, it seems the setting that effects the "salt efficiency" is the BF or brine fill setting. It seems I should set this to 7 and set the capacity of the softener 40 or 40,000. Is this it? Even at the seven minutes, my brine tank will fill up to the point of stopping because of the float valve. What am I missing?
    Last edited by ByteMe; 11-11-2012 at 02:59 PM.

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